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SATAN – U.S. Tour Starts Tonight

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Legendary NWOBHM band SATAN will kick off its first U.S. tour tonight at Black Bear Bar in Brooklyn, New York. The influential Trad Metal pioneers will spend the next six days gracing North American stages in support of their 2013 comeback album, Life Sentence. Dates are as follows:

4/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar

4/12 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes

4/13 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Rock Diner

4/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

4/15 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

4/16 – Baltimore, MD @ The Metro Gallery

SATAN is a heavy metal band originating from Newcastle, England in 1980, known as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. Though generally obscure throughout their career, the band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s.

Their 1983 debut album, Court In The Act, is now widely acclaimed and regarded by many as the pinnacle of their career, during which the band’s line-up underwent a number of personnel changes and even changes in band name, releasing albums under the name of BLIND FURY and PARIAH, before folding in 1990. Guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English went on to found folk metal band SKYCLAD, while vocalist Brian Ross reformed his original band BLITZKRIEG.

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SATAN remained inactive until re-assembling for a one-off gig at Germany’s Wacken Open Air in 2004, and finally reunited in their original Court In The Act line-up for 2011′s Keep It True festival. The band performed at several european festivals in 2011 and 2012 and have announced more festival shows and even a new album for 2013, to mark the 30th anniversary of Court In The Act‘s release. Bow to your knees, SATAN was back with its new album Life Sentence, released in April 2013 on Listenable Records.

Life Sentence was featured on many a “Best Of 2013″ lists, and has been heralded as one of the best comeback album of the decade.

“The 80s NWOBHM legends return with an absolute beast of a comeback” – Metal Hammer

Footage of SATAN performing “Cenotaph” at last year’s Live Evil Fest in London is now playing at this location.

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Brian Ross – vocals
Steve Ramsey – Guitar
Russ Tippins – Guitar
Graeme English – Bass
Sean Taylor – Drums



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NITRO “VOLATILE ACTIVITY” On Vinyl Now! U.S. Traditional Metal Legends Issue This Lost/Previously Unreleased Album!

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 12, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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US Traditional Metal veterans NITRO join with Blood and Iron Records/Metal Soldiers Records to issue the legendary “lost” never-released album “VOLATILE ACTIVITY” on VINYL.

2013 was a good year to be a NITRO fan and now the dawning of 2014 sees the Pennsylvania quartet offering an extremely rare full LP.

New and long-term NITRO followers worldwide can now add the fabled, “VOLATILE ACTIVITY” to their NITRO collections thanks to vinyl specialists Blood and Iron/Metal Soldiers Records.

Listen to “VOLATILE ACTIVITY” here:

With amazingly strong staying power, NITRO formed in 1979, released their famous 10 inch EP “LETHAL” in 1982, quickly signed with legendary Belgian label Mausoleum Records, and released the full length LP “LETHAL + II” in 1983.

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Hot on the heels of Skol Records July 2013 CD release of the NITRO anthology “LETHAL DOSE”, “VOLATILE ACTIVITY” comes from Blood and Iron/Metal Soldiers records as an eagerly awaited limited release in black vinyl and blue vinyl.

For more than 26 years, this complete and self-produced album has been tucked away deep in the NITRO vaults. Vinylphiles will be treated to 10 vintage tracks forged in 1987, as well as the new 2013 single “URANIUM” serving as the connective tissue to span the decades between classic and farm-fresh NITRO. “VOLATILE ACTIVITY” includes plenty of exciting extras such as detailed liner notes, lyrics, and never-before-seen NITRO photos from the 80’s of original members Dana Confer, John Hazel, Brad Gensimore, and Tim Wilson.

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DARK FOREST – “The Awakening” Coming March 11, On Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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UK-based traditional metallers DARK FOREST are set to return with their anticipated third long-player, The Awakening. The album has been slated for North American release on March 11 via Cruz Del Sur Music.

DARK FOREST was forged in the Black Country, England by guitarist Christian Horton. For just over a decade they have been delivering their uniquely rousing, defiant heavy metal to the world. With the release of their self-made EPs in 2007, the band quickly gained the attention and support of the heavy metal underground, both in England and abroad, and then went from strength to strength, gigging across Europe and the UK and releasing their self titled debut album in 2009, then Dawn of Infinity in 2011.

In 2012 DARK FOREST recruited the outstanding vocalist Josh Winnard as their new front man and shortly afterwards also gained the incredible talents of guitarist Pat Jenkins. With this new line up, the band immediately began writing fresh material and entered the recording studio in June 2013 to produce their third album The Awakening.

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The album is recorded in 444hz instead of the standardized 440hz tuning. The decision was based by studying the lost “Solfeggio frequencies”, original sound frequencies which were apparently used in Ancient Gregorian Chants and were believed to impart “spiritual blessings when sung in harmony”* and also by studying the nefarious origins of 440hz. Tuning to 444hz corresponds to a “C” of 528hz on the Solfeggio Frequency Scale, the exact frequency used by genetic biochemists to repair broken DNA.  This frequency is also believed to encourage “Transformation and Miracles.”

DARK FOREST’s innate sense of melody remains intact on The Awakening, as well as the band’s trademarked epic twin-guitar dueling, but this time the album is permeated by a general sense of oppression and sorrow and sounds much more reflective than their previous works. Not by coincidence, The Awakening opens with the ending lines of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem ” The Mask of Anarchy” and ends with the anthem “Sons of England”.

The awakening must be both spiritual and intellectual and through the rediscovery of our roots and a connection to nature, must lead all humanity to remember the truth – that we are infinite consciousness and we are one. This is the realization that will defeat the global control system of the elite and set humanity free.



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WITCH CROSS – METAL Legends Have A NEW Website; And Yes It Kicks Ass!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Read the Metal Odyssey album review for Axe To Grind:

WITCH CROSS “Axe To Grind” – A Legendary Return To Metal Prominence!

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on July 31, 2013.


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Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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SINISTER REALM – The greatest Metal band to ever call Allentown, Pennsylvania home is SINISTER REALM. There, I’ve said it. The greatest Metal band to ever call Pennsylvania home is SINISTER REALM. There, I’ve said that as well. Now… onto the Metal Odyssey album review for SINISTER REALM’s WORLD OF EVIL

There are many average, good and grand Metal albums that I’ve listened to thus far in 2013. Let’s just forget the bad Metal albums for they take up precious life moments, you know? What category does the 3rd studio album, World Of Evil, from SINISTER REALM fall into? Try: Fantastical. Anyone familiar with SINISTER REALM knows: this band of Metal Defenders will never deliver filler or artificial flavoring to an album with their name on it.

World Of Evil is 100% True Metal and boasts an Epic Metal atmosphere of invade and conquer. The vocals of Alex Kristof (alone) are epic! John Kantner and John Risko on guitars are epic! John Gaffney’s bass takes center stage; reminding me of how the legendary Steve Harris has always made his presence known with his iconic Iron Maiden. John’s bass is absolutely killer on World Of EvilChris Metzger on drums (once again) dazzles with his classic Metal style.

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World Of Evil has 8 Metal glorious songs; with 4 songs surpassing the 6 minute mark. Each song on World of Evil bestows its prominent mystique and melodically heavy uniqueness. Bell Strikes Fear gives me super Metal powers. Well, that’s what I like to think anyways. The album’s title track, The Ghosts Of Nevermore and (album closer) Four Black Witches are high points, among an album of luminous songs that have raised the Metal bar for American True Metal bands everywhere.

You’ve now been briefed. You’ve been given the Metal invitation. The time has cometh for you to enter The Metal Realm, aka the Metal world of SINISTER REALM. Metal be thy name.

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SINISTER REALM World Of Evil will be released via Shadow Kingdom Records on August 20th, 2013.

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SINISTER REALM – “World of Evil” Streaming In Full At Shadow Kingdom Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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World of Evil, the upcoming third release from Pennsylvania traditional metal band SINISTER REALM is now streaming in its entirety at this location:

After two amazing classically styled heavy metal albums that were each greeted with widespread critical acclaim, Allentown, PA trad-metallers are back with World of Evil. The band’s third full-length album shows no sign of weakness where songwriting and energy are concerned. This is fist pumping heavy metal with big catchy choruses, doomy at times, and all around quality and memorable heavy metal album. Fans of Dio, Heaven and Hell, Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden will absolutely love this album.

World of Evil will be available worldwide August 6th through Shadow Kingdom Records.

Channeling the spirit of early 80′s Metal icons like Dio, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, with an added epic Doom Metal influence from Candlemass, Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Sinister Realm was formed in 2008 by John Gaffney (former Pale Divine) and Darin McCloskey (Pale Divine, Falcon). They quickly found vocalist Alex Kristof and recorded a four song demo that drew the attention of various independent labels. After signing with Shadow Kingdom Records a live band was assembled and a full-length album was released in August of 2009.

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Press from around the world hailed the debut album a success and Sinister Realm began actively playing live to support the album. Not long after the album’s release Chris Metzger and John Risko joined the band and work began on the sophomore album titled The Crystal Eye. In the summer of 2013, Sinister Realm will release World of Evil through Shadow Kingdom Records. All hail Sinister Realm! The true defenders of American Steel.


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WITCH CROSS – Metal Legends Featured In August 2013 Issue Of DECIBEL; New Album Releases July 9th!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey


WITCH CROSS Will See Their Convincing Comeback Album Axe To Grind Released On July 9th, 2013, Via Hells Headbangers!


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WITCH CROSS – Yes, that’s Johan Hegg, the powerful vocalist for Sweden’s Metal Warriors famously known as AMON AMARTH, gracing the August, 2013 issue of Decibel  Magazine. The AMON AMARTH feature/cover story is kick-ass for certain. However, this new issue of Decibel is multi-loaded with other Metal bands that kick-ass too… such as… Danish Metal Legends… WITCH CROSS!

Man, was I psyched-out-of-my-Metal-mind to see the great Decibel give WITCH CROSS some Metal due! With their valiant comeback to both the live stage and on album, WITCH CROSS have proven they are back and are to be reckoned with! Playing numerous Metal festivals across Europe and staying in touch with their fans through social media, WITCH CROSS have proven they have both a killer new album for their legions of fans and are down-to-Metal-Earth Metal defenders as well!

Here’s what the Decibel “upfront profile” feature of WITCH CROSS looks like… Metal be thy name!

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The incredible Metal comeback story of the legendary WITCH CROSS can best be heard and enjoyed through their NEW studio album: Axe To Grind. This MUST album of True Metal will be released through Hells Headbangers on July 9th, 2013!

Order your copy of Axe To Grind by clicking the link below! Whoa!

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NIGHT DEMON – Self-titled EP Releasing Via Shadow Kingdom Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional heavy metal, traditional metal with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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On August 6th, Shadow Kingdom Records will release the self-titled four-song EP from NWOBHM-inspired upstarts NIGHT DEMON.

This California trio, featuring members of THE FUCKING WRATH, first started making noise in 2011. It didn’t take long for the band to make a name for themselves with Trad-Metal maniacs from across the globe. In fact, shortly after establishing an online presence via Bandcamp, the organizers of Germany’s Keep It True Festival offered NIGHT DEMON a place on the fest’s 2014 line-up.

British metallic stylings reminiscent of Angel Witch, Raven and Iron Maiden are kicked into overdrive with an edgier and grittier dose of American Venom. Consider NIGHT DEMON mandatory listening for any NWOBHM fan. The Shadow Kingdom Records CD release is remastered from the digital version and offers an undeniably superior sound.

Pre-orders are available at

“Look out for this band; they have something special…” –

Listen to and watch below the video for the song Night Demon. This video was filmed, directed and produced by the band.

NIGHT DEMON – Track Listing:

Night Demon

The Chalice

Ancient Evil

The Ritual

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Jarvis Leatherby

Brent Woodward

John Crerar


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SHADOW KINGDOM RECORDS – Launches Bandcamp Page

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 7, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Home to the finest in classic and Traditional Metal, Shadow Kingdom Records has posted several titles from its extensive catalog on Many items offered in the label’s webstore is now available for streaming and download at the recently launched site. Check out reissues and new material from the likes of MANILLA ROAD, PAGAN ALTAR, ALTAR OF OBLIVION and more at Shadow Kingdom Records –


Upcoming Shadow Kingdom Records titles:

09/02 – MANILLA ROAD – Invasion

09/11 – PAGAN ALTAR – The Time Lord EP

09/11 – ALTAR OF OBLIVION – Grand Gesture of Defiance

09/23 – HELLWELL – Beyond the Boundaries of Sin

10/29 – PAGAN ALTAR – Judgment of the Dead


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POWER THEORY – Announces Addition Of Second Guitarist; Local Live Dates Announced

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Philadelphia-based Trad Metal band Power Theory would like to welcome renowned Metal guitarist Steve Stegg, into our family as our newest band member. Steve is a founding member and former guitarist for Blood Feast, Sleepy Hollow, and Tapping the Vein.

“Power Theory has been looking to add a second dual rhythm/lead guitarist since the end of the recording sessions for An Axe to Grind, but our commitments haven’t given us the time to do anything but start to compile a list of potential candidates,” guitarist Bob “BB” Ballinger explained.

“Steve is a great friend and supporter of the band, and has been a regular at our local shows; in fact he replaced me as the Colossus guitarist and played with Jay Pekala prior to his first Sleepy Hollow tenure. We would always jokingly added Steve as our top candidate when we discussed it, but knew he was very busy with Sleepy Hollow and there was no chance, so we moved on to other names” added BB. “Steve informed us he had become available  in mid July and was interested in jamming to see if there was chemistry and it was evident from the first few minutes it was a great fit for both Power Theory and Steve.”


Immediate plans for the band are two area shows in August:

August 11th 

FalloutZine Presents: at O’Reilly’s Pub in Philadelphia, PA – October 31, Anvil Bitch, Sinister Realm, Power Theory, Hammer Fight, and Mistress

August 19th 

Magnetar Media and Biz R Entertainment Present at Jimmy’s Place in Allentown, PA: North American Assault – White Wizzard, Icarus Witch, Widow, Power Theory, and Infernal Opera


“We will then take a short break from live shows to start demo tracking for a new full length CD we are planning to start recording in February  2013 and release in 2013 as well. We are currently negotiating with a legendary artist/producer for the project (more to come soon on that). Steve will be a very big part of the writing and recording process for the new album, and we will resume some live shows in October 2012. European dates are being planned for 2013 with Red Lion Music as well as Warriors of Metal Fest VI, and some US tour dates with Axxenstar and Taberah for summer 2013.”

Power Theory released An Axe to Grind on June 29th via Pure Steel Records. The album is available at


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MARTA GABRIEL of CRYSTAL VIPER – A Metal Odyssey Interview!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music interviews, rock music news, traditional heavy metal with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CRYSTAL VIPER – Recently, the forever Rockin’ HARD ROCK NIGHTS and Metal Odyssey teamed up for an exclusive interview with Marta Gabriel of Crystal Viper. Besides being the lead vocalist, Marta also is a guitarist, songwriter and lyricist for Crystal Viper, to name a few. Her knowledge of music and of course, Metal, is exemplary and radiates the skies from Crystal Viper’s recent release on AFM Records: Crimen Excepta.

Originating from the great country of Poland, Crystal Viper was founded in 2003 and plays Traditional Metal with potent relevance. After the success of 2010′s critically acclaimed Legends album (their first with AFM Records), Crystal Viper has become an international player in the world of Metal. Marta is surrounded by: Andy Wave (guitars), Tom Woryna (bass) and Golem (drums).

Marta talks about the band’s dynamic new album Crimen Excepta and songwriting to the worst moments her band has experienced on tour. Here is what Marta had to say:

Can you describe how the new album “Crimen Excepta” conceptually evolved?

Marta: “Before I started composing music, I wrote a story; a lyrical theme for the album. I was inspired by history, especially holy inquisition issues, and books such as “Malleus Maleficarum”, “The Name Of The Rose”, and others. After that I started composing the actual music, and that’s really why the whole album is so different in comparison to the previous ones we’ve put out; it’s darker, heavier; there’s more real feeling in the music. It all happened, because I had the whole story in front of my eyes whilst writing the actual songs; I was able to imagine situations described in the lyrics? I would say that this album is like a movie, but instead of pictures, it is told by music.”

What has been the turning point or momentum push thus far in the Metal career of Crystal Viper? Was it the (excellent) “Legends” album or something prior?

Marta: “Thank you first of all for the compliment; I’m glad you like “Legends”! I can say you’re right in some way, and that was a turning point, because “Legends” was our first album for AFM Records. It was a huge step for us, joining a bigger label.”

“Being part of good record company means better promotion for any band, which is very important, because, except for playing live, there are then so many more opportunities for new fans to discover your band. Joining AFM was, without doubt, a huge and important step, but I would say also, that every single live show, and every single album or single release is important too, as we truly enjoy what we do.”

I find “Ghosts Of Sherwood” to be an amazingly powerful song, both lyrically and musically. With “Ghosts Of Sherwood being the theme song for the 3D horror movie “Robin Hood”, how did this all come to pass?

Marta: “Well, we’d known the German company called Digidreams Studios, which is doing this movie, for quite a while; just through the scene and through video production. It turned out that Crystal Viper’s image and music for this record was going to fit perfectly to the atmosphere of the movie, so we started cooperating and it went from there.”

“I received the screenplay, wrote the song and the lyrics, and we were off. It’s worth mentioning that this song is quite different to the usual Crystal Viper stuff; it’s heavy but really melodic. I’m very, very glad that I composed a song for a movie; the film stars the great Tom Savini, and “Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood” (to give it it’s full title) will have its premiere during the Cannes movie festival, which is really a huge honour.”

What was the chemistry like between you and Andy writing the guitar parts for this new album? For that matter, the chemistry of the entire band while recording?

Marta: “Well, the chemistry was as good as always really; I wrote all the guitar parts and all the initial music, then we were all working on it, all together. I mean, the band, our producer, everyone gets involved.”

“We produced this album in a little bit of a different way though; everything was produced like in the ’80s; you know, Flying V guitars, tube amps, and real drums all the way, no copying or corrections? Everything you hear on the album was sung or played truly. I’m very proud of the final result, and I can’t wait to hear these songs on the vinyl release!”

“Crimen Excepta” shows an enormous musical strength through its balance. How difficult is it to not stray too far on either the heavy or the light side of the Metal sound?

Marta: “Again, thank you for the compliment. But we never plan or think like that really… To say, “All right; this needs to be heavier” or something like that would be fake in some way. A good song is a good song; everything is very natural and real. What you hear on the album comes out from our hearts and soul. We play the music that we love and I compose music I would like to listen to, all the time…… We don’t want to record the same album again and again; that’s why each Crystal Viper album is a little bit different. “Crimen Excepta” is definitely the heaviest and darkest, but they’re all very different.”

Which song on “Crimen Excepta” proved to be the largest challenge for you to sing? I feel “Medicus Animarum” is a shining moment (among many), but this song certainly must push the envelope for vocal execution?

Marta: “There are many songs that are less and many more difficult than that on this album, but before entering the studio, I had a lot of time to practice, for sure – we rehearsed everything a million times. We basically always do a strong pre-production before entering the studio, so we know what to expect; what sounds good and so on.”

“We don’t like to waste time in the studio. Everything that you hear on the album was sung; we didn’t use any tricks or corrections! It wouldn’t have made sense to do that, as later, I wouldn’t be able to sing moments like that live on stage.”

“There are many bands that sound totally different on the album to on stage, or bands who re-arrange the songs to make them easier to play or sing? Of course, if they are happy with doing something like that, then fine; but it’s not our way.”

Chris Moyen created an absolutely brilliant cover for “Crimen Excepta”. How important is it to convey the music of Crystal Viper through the album artwork?

Marta: “Very… Chris Moyen did a great cover for us again – but, he’d already painted cover artwork for our second single and 3rd album, and so, now with “Crimen Excepta”, he is like part of the family. Of course, it is very important to have the right album artwork, and I would say it’s important in the case of every single band and album? The front cover artwork is like the face of the album, telling you what you can expect, so it should be chosen or painted wisely. In the case of “Crimen Excepta”, everything is one, solid piece: album artwork, lyrics and music!”

What can you attribute to the strong success of Traditional Heavy Metal in Europe over the years? Besides a dedicated and large fan base, could it be the variety of Metal festivals and ease of touring within Europe?

Marta: “The strong success of Traditional Heavy Metal, you mean? I wouldn’t say so, as some Metal genres are surely more popular these days than it; but the truth is, Heavy Metal has been here for many, many years; trends come and go, but Traditional Metal stays. I think this genre simply deserves that respect – even bands, who play more modern genres of Metal, have their roots in Heavy Metal. Old-School Heavy Metal, as well as classic rock, is a base for all genres of heavy music.”

“There’s also lately a kind of New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal going around; young bands playing Old School Metal, and it’s really, really great.”

Okay, what is the worst thing that ever happened to Crystal Viper while out on tour?

Marta: “Well, there are many stories to tell, and every band has some stories to share, don’t they? The one that comes to my mind, right now, sounds quite funny now, but back then it wasn’t.”

“We were playing on a small open air festival (doesn’t matter in what country…); the stage had no roof, and it started to rain. We basically had a lot of special effects on stage (guitar peddles, that kind of thing…), and as the stage got wetter, there were sparks everywhere; the stage was soaked. My guitar amp suddenly exploded because it got all wet! The roadies brought another one on, but it also exploded! It was truly a weird show, but we did our best!”

“We also once played on an open air festival in winter; it was like -10 degrees, and the organizers “forgot” to put heaters on stage? And forgot to organize any dressing room for us, as well? Pretty interesting experience, I can tell you!”

If Crystal Viper could perform at a “Metal Dream Festival”, which other bands (past or present) would be on the bill?

Marta: “There are many great acts we would love to play with, but if I could choose, then the bill would be like this: King Diamond, Nifelheim, Hell, Immortal, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Iron Maiden, Virgin Steele, Judas Priest, the list goes on!”

“Thanks for the interview!!”

Thank you Marta for giving your time!


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CRYSTAL VIPER – Polish Traditional Metal Act To Release New Album: Crimen Excepta

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional metal with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

One of Poland’s top contemporary Traditional Metal acts, CRYSTAL VIPER, are prepared to release Crimen Excepta on April 24th via AFM Records, their fourth full-length album to date.

Welcome to the world of CRYSTAL VIPER: a world full of Flying Vs, tube amps, leather and chains. The band’s powerful old-school sound runs deep with influences hailing from Mercyful Fate, Warlock and Iron Maiden, yet with a dark thrash edge born of Nifelheim persuasion at times, all fueled by frontwoman Marta Gabriel, her commanding vocals akin to Chastain’s Leather Leone with a touch of Doro Pesch.

The follow-up to 2010′s acclaimed Legends full-length, Crimen Excepta is a concept album about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction mixes with historical facts. Recorded with producer Bart Gabriel (Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, Sacred Steel, Mortician), Crimen Excepta is inarguably CRYSTAL VIPER‘s darkest and most aggressive material to date.

Bringing more of their personal Black and Death Metal influences to the table, even bringing in guest members such as Hell vocalist David Bower who appears on the album’s title track, as well as Vader’s Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek to record a cover of the Vader classic “Tyrants Of Hell” for a bonus track to the album. Additionally, CRYSTAL VIPER recorded “Ghosts Of Sherwood”, a theme song for the forthcoming 3D cinema horror movie Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood, which also appears as a bonus track to the album.

As with previous CRYSTAL VIPER works, the cover art for Crimen Excepta was painted by legendary French artist Chris Moyen, known from his cooperation with acts such as Slayer, Trivium, Beherit, Blasphemy and more. View the cover art, a trailer for the new album to hear the opening track from the album, “Witch’s Mark,” AT THIS LOCATION.


Marta Gabriel – vocals, guitars

Andy Wave – guitars

Tom Woryna – bass

Golem – drums


Crimen Excepta Track Listing:

01. Witch’s Mark

02. Intro 1

03. Child Of The Flame

04. Intro 2

05. It’s Your Omen

06. Intro 3

07. Crimen Excepta

08. Intro 4

09. Medicus Animarum

10. Intro 5

11. The Spell Of Death

12. Intro 6

13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law

14. Intro 7

15. Fire Be My Gates

16. Intro 8

17. Tyrani Piekiel

18. Ghosts Of Sherwood


(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER, click on the links below:



LIZZY BORDEN – Confirmed For Gods Of Metal 2012!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As reported on the official website of LIZZY BORDEN:

LIZZY BORDEN is on the bill of the most important Rock italian festival: Gods Of Metal 2012! The Lizzy Borden “Appointment with Death Show” has produced spectacular performances in over 20 countries over the last 4 years, playing the main stages of some of the biggest festivals around the world and we have the honor to announce the return of the “shock rock” band to Italy on June 23 (MOTLEY CRUE headliner). Already confirmed for Gods of Metal 2012 are: Ozzy & Friends, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Manowar, Slash, The Darkness and many more. For more info go to:




Lizzy Borden – Vocals

Joey Scott – Drums

Marten Andersson – Bass

Dario Lorina – Guitar

AC Alexander – Guitar


For more info on LIZZY BORDEN, click on the links below:



ON TOP ‘TOP HEAVY’ – Need A Heavy Rockin’ Fix? The Heavy Metal Potion Is All Here…

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ON TOP – The first full-length, Top Heavy, from American Heavy Metallers On Top was released back on November 15th, 2011, via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. If you’re in need of a Heavy Rockin’ fix you’ll hear it on this album, there’s no Metal question about it. This is a band that has obvious Traditional Heavy Metal influences and they are not bashful about showcasing it in their heavy sound.

Top Heavy is super loaded with retrospective Heavy Metal spirit and feel, to the point where  it overspills from the songs for one damn fun listen after another. This Downingtown, Pennsylvania trio knows how to keep the energy level turned on high through their songs, with no ballads to screw things up. A guitar driven album that pays dividends with numerous and memorable solos, courtesy of Alex Kulick. Trust me, Alex can wield his axe and he exhibits a respect for both speed and melody with his admirable playing.

Jason Gulino (vocalist, bassist & founding member) delivers as the frontman, with clean, lean, confident and punctual vocals that standout in a very good way. Danny Piselli on drums plays tight with Jason and lends plenty of old school fills while never overstepping the song. Danny comes across as a “less is more” drummer, (which is a rare talent in itself) and plays beats I can remember. On Top proves you can create some damn cool Heavy Metal without showing off or trying to break any hellish speed barrier.

Gang vocals on Into The Night resonates, an element of Traditional Heavy Metal that always packs an extra punch to a song. Another Night Of Sleaze and Hot Wet are the closest that On Top gets to Sleaze Metal. It’s the overall vibes, beats and lyrics that makes both songs so contagiously sleazy. On Top has rhythm, they aren’t afraid to play fast while not tripping over themselves. Up To No Good and Too Much seals the deal with convincing attitude musically and vocally, with the gang vocals once again… adding that extra Metal kick.

The clear fact that On Top has served up their originality to a time-tested sound only drives home the relevance factor. Top Heavy bestows some downright applaudable balance with its speed, heaviness and melodic sound. A power trio to watch out for is On Top. A good-times party album it is. Blanketed with credible spirit and attitude, Top Heavy is one damn legit Heavy Metal album you must check out… now!

* ON TOP – TOP HEAVY Now available on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and CD Universe.

* Get your 4 song (free download) Top Heavy sampler here:

TOP HEAVY – Track Listing:

Top Heavy

Into The Night


Sick And Tired

Another Night Of Sleaze

Die High

Fire Down Below

Hot ‘N Wet

Success And Excess

Up To No Good

Too Much

* For more info on ON TOP, click on the links below:…



THE BLAME – Turkish Metal Band: Offers Free Download Of Their AMAZING Debut Album ‘BORN’

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

THE BLAME calls Istanbul, Turkey home and they’re a Metal band that wants to be heard. This young and talented band of Metallers, have made it possible for you to download their debut 11 song album Born - entirely free! As an option, you may also donate any amount of money to buy this album. The choice is up to you and The Blame doesn’t mind which way you choose!

Click here to be directed for your free download of Born

Stone Says:

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you download this debut album from The Blame as fast as you can! With Thrash, Power Metal and Traditional Metal influencing this band, their final product is a rich and refined sound of high-adrenaline Metal. The high-octane speed and power of the album’s opener  Made of Stone is just an amazing prelude of what’s to come from The Blame on Born. Whoa.

Sacred Souls is an instrumental that speaks volumes about this band’s musical maturity. This is a Metal instrumental that is both melodic and hypnotic with its guitar laden presentation. Deserted Nation is another Metal highlight amongst 11 Metal highlights. If it’s a guitar driven album of the utmost impressiveness, then Bahadır Sarp (lead guitar) and Kaan Afacan (rhythm guitar) provide an outstanding Metal listening experience. The guitar solos I hear in Beyond The Wind are sensational!

The rhythm section of Onur Altınay (bass/fretless bass) and Berca B. Kantarcıoğlu (drums) are fantastically tight and hold the beats solid every micro-second. Whoa. The overall sound and production is so clean and vibrant that Rick Rubin would be jealous. As for the clean and melodic vocals of Aykut Ozen, this (former) frontman of The Blame falls somewhere between Michael Kiske (Helloween, Avantasia) and Michael Vescera (Obsession, Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen). Uh, huh… Aykut is that damn good.

Metal as my witness, The Blame cannot possibly be overlooked by any record label (major or independent). This band brings it all on their debut album Born. No fillers. No lousy moments to be heard. Memorable Metal songs of skillsubstance and structure are what awaits your ears and senses with Born. Originality with relevance aplenty, mixed with some old school Metal vibes are the Metal ingredients that makes this album dazzle. A record label talent scout who is looking for the next diamond in the Metal rough is being handed just that from Stone… they’re called THE BLAME.

BORN – Debut Album


Enver C. Yılmaz – vocalist (new)

Aykut Ozen - former vocalist (on entire Born album)

Bahadır Sarp – lead guitar

Kaan Afacan – rhythm guitar

Onur Altınay – bass / fretless bass

Berca B. Kantarcıoğlu – drums

* For more info on THE BLAME, click on the links below:…



DERAILED – Canadian Metal Warriors Announce New Bass Player & Details On Forthcoming 2012 Album ‘Underground’

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

DERAILED announces new bass player and details to their forthcoming sophomore studio album Underground!

Calgary Alberta Canada’s very own Metal Warriors, DERAILED, have issued the following exciting updates from their Metal camp:

Derailed are proud to introduce Greg Kristianson as the new bass player for the group. Greg’s musical background includes current Metallica & Iron Maiden tribute bands, ‘Disposable Heroes’ & ‘Edward the Great’ in the local Alberta Metal scene. Greg’s enthusiasm & dedication to perfection are a welcome addition to the band!

On the recording front, drums & bass tracks are now finished for the upcoming conceptual CD, Underground, to be released sometime in April/May of 2012. Guitars & vocals are next! The boys are extremely excited on the progress thus far, much more heavier & aggressive!

Stay tuned for more updates as we get them.

Happy New Year to all!

* Underground will be the follow-up to Derailed’s critically acclaimed 2010 debut album: Judgement Day.

* For more info on DERAILED, click on the links below:

DERAILED – Official Website

DERAILED – myspace music




Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by Metal Odyssey



Here’s a legendary Metal band that helped define our Metal community as we know and love it today. A Metal band that’s led by their lead vocalist of the same name: LIZZY BORDEN. You want to listen to a real Metal album? Then go buy or trade for their 1986 sophomore release: Menace To Society. It’s a Metal classic. It’s an essential Metal album in the history of Metal music.

If you are salivating for a potent dose of real Metal, this album will kick your Metal lovin’ ass to kingdom come. No, not the band Kingdom Come. (Lenny Wolf and his band F’n Rocks by the way). Um, back to LIZZY BORDEN. Look, their entire catalog kicks monumental Metal ass… I’m only recommending Menace To Society for the simple fact that I can’t stop playing it for the last few months.


Call it Menace To Society dependence, call it what you will. I’m only calling out this tremendous Metal album of yesteryear to bring attention to what quality, real Metal sounds like. Here’s my review for Menace To Society: it kicks F’n Metal ass. Okay? Now, if you want to treat yourself right with a Metal purchase, I’m strongly suggesting you go out and get Menace To Society and thank the Metal Gods that LIZZY BORDEN created this album and are still kickin’ Metal ass to this very day. Metal be thy name.

MENACE TO SOCIETY – Track Listing: 

Generation Aliens


Terror On The Town

Bloody Mary

Stiletto (Voice Of Command)

Ultra Violence

Love Kills

Brass Tactics

Ursa Minor

Menace To Society

Bonus Tracks (Metal Blade Records Re-Issue – 2001)

Taking Over The World (Demo)

White Rabbit – (Live Demo) (Jefferson Airplane Cover)

Stiletto (Voice Of Command) (Live Demo)

Betrayer (Live Demo)

* For more info on LIZZY BORDEN, click on the links below:

LIZZY BORDEN – Official facebook

LIZZY BORDEN – Official Website





Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Finland – a mine of talented newcomer bands since the year one. With BATTLE BEAST from Helsinki, Nuclear Blast are happy to welcome one of the most promising combos of this flourishing scene aboard!

Founded in 2008, the band already attended the W:O:A Metal Battle in their home country two years later and won the national contest, which enabled them to perform at the Wacken Open Air in Germany and represent Finland in the international Metal Battle finals. Battling 26 other bands from all around the world, BATTLE BEAST emerged victorious. Under these circumstances a record deal with the world’s biggest independent heavy metal label seems to be the only logical consequence – Andy Siry, head of A&R at Nuclear Blast, agrees:

”Young, dynamic but still deeply rooted in Traditional Heavy Metal – BATTLE BEAST breathe new life into the scene and rekindle the sound of the 80s with a fulgent livery. The well-deserved victory at the W:O:A Metal Battle 2010 was the first important step to which we want to live up by supporting these up-and-coming talents energetically. We’re looking forward to the cooperation!“

The band also expresses their joy. Guitarist Anton comments:
“We feel honoured that Nuclear Blast show their interest in BATTLE BEAST by releasing “Steel”. Many thanks to our partners, closest people and most of all to our fans who believed in us and gave us their support. The journey continues!”

BATTLE BEAST’s brilliant debut album “Steel“ will be released on January 27th 2012 via Nuclear Blast – the track list contains the following songs:

01. Enter The Metal World
02. Armageddon Clan
03. The Band Of The Hawk
04. Justice And Metal
05. Steel
06. Die-Hard Warrior
07. Cyberspace
08. Show Me How To Die
09. Savage And Saint
10. Iron Hand
11. Victory

12. Stay Black

About two months later the band will set off for a European tour as support of their future label mates NIGHTWISH over the course of the IMAGINAERUM WORLD TOUR calling at the following cities:

11.04.12 DK Copenhagen – Falconer Theater
13.04.12 NL Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall
14.04.12 D Düsseldorf – ISS Dome
16.04.12 B Brussels – Forest National
17.04.12 F Paris – Bercy
18.04.12 F Nantes – Zenith
20.04.12 F Lyon – Halle Tony Garnier
21.04.12 LU Luxembourg – Rockhal
23.04.12 D Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
24.04.12 CH Zurich – Hallenstadion
25.04.12 IT Milano – Forum
27.04.12 AT Vienna – Gasometer
29.04.12 HU Budapest – Budapest Arena
30.04.12 CZ Prague – Tesla (T-Mobile Arena)
01.05.12 D Leipzig – Arena
03.05.12 D Hamburg – o2 World
05.05.12 D Nürnberg – Arena
06.05.12 D Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle
08.05.12 SL Ljubljana – Križanke

Get ready – BATTLE BEAST break their chains and prepare for a high-end Metallic assault!

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)



JUDAS PRIEST – THE CHOSEN FEW: Greatest Hits Picked By Heavy Music Legends Releasing October 11, 2011

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

JUDAS PRIESTThe Chosen Few is a 17 song compilation album spanning the discography of the legendary Judas Priest and is releasing on October 11, 2011, via Sony/Legacy. In Metal essence, this is a “greatest hits” album which does salute Judas Priest and their unparalleled Metal career. Yes, Judas Priest does have many compilations/greatest hits albums out there, I agree. The story behind The Chosen Few is that all 17 songs have been “chosen” by an impressive group of legendary musicians of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

Oops. Here goes Stone straying off topic a bit here, with the “legendary” musicians who chose songs for The Chosen Few. I had to go and call these musicians “legendary”, now didn’t I? Chris Jericho chose a song and he is cool, still, he has a ways more to go before I call him a legendary musician. Do I consider Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God legendary? I’ve got an answer for you: yes. Yes again.

In my Metal opinion, this is a grand collection of Judas Priest songs, a collection that will prove to be essential for those fans who do not own every Judas Priest album. I will take a pass on buying The Chosen Few for the time being, with money being tight I would much rather pick up new studio albums or vintage releases that I already don’t own. Buying The Chosen Few when I already own the songs just isn’t practical for me. Regardless of my passing over on The Chosen Few, I would recommend new fans of Judas Priest and those fans who don’t own all of the songs to buy it, it looks like a winner to me.

Two Judas Priest classics, that I would have chosen for The Chosen Few are: Hot Rockin’ (Point Of Entry – 1981) and Some Heads Are Gonna Roll (Defenders Of The Faith – 1984). What Judas Priest song(s) would you have chosen for this album? I believe there are 16 studio albums that Judas Priest has their legendary name on, so choosing a favorite song or two is both easy and difficult at the same time for me. I would have to say my favorite Judas Priest album is Stained Class from 1978. Okay, which is my favorite Judas Priest song ever? ACCEPT “chose” my favorite Judas Priest song for The Chosen Few: Exciter. This solid as steel Metal song is from Stained Class too.

Judas Priest is a Metal band that steamrolled the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal into my brain, so many years ago. I honestly couldn’t vision a world of Heavy Metal without their presence and influence. Once Judas Priest are a retired band, I will miss the living Metal daylights out of them. Metal be thy name.

Check out the track listing below for The Chosen Few. The musicians who chose each respective song are listed as well.

Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)

Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai

Exciter (1978)- chosen by Accept

Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)

The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) & David Coverdale (Whitesnake)

The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne

Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)

Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)

Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)

Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho

Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

* For more info on JUDAS PRIEST, click on the link below:




TWISTED TOWER DIRE: Virginia Power Metallers To Headline NC Metalfest, October 8th, 2011

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Virginia-based Power Metal heavyweights TWISTED TOWER DIRE perform as one of the main headliners of the NC Metalfest in Wilson, North Carolina. Scheduled to take place Saturday, October 8th, the full-day affair features three stages, with 30 bands from across the country performing, and showcasing TWISTED TOWER DIRE will headlining the festivities alongside Widow, Blatant Disarray and more.

TWISTED TOWER DIRE features guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture), bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement), and vocalist Johnny Aune (Viper) now replacing previous singer Tony Taylor, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in February 2010.

Released in May via Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music, TWISTED TOWER DIRE‘s latest full-length Make It Dark showcases some of the most matured and well-honed material in the band’s sixteen year history, culminating their pillar elements of Rock/Metal above the general standards into a classy, high-energy, eight-song masterpiece.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming months as TWISTED TOWER DIRE schedule more live appearances and begin work on the follow-up to Make It Dark.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on TWISTED TOWER DIRE, click on the link below:




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